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2015 Schedule
8-5, 2nd in MAC - East
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MAC defenses have been impressive (0:56)
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ICYMI: Potato mascot shakes and bakes

Spuddy Buddy, the mascot of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, shows his moves.

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Akron captures first bowl victory in school history (1:30)
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Utah State miscues contribute to loss in Potato Bowl (2:12)
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Akron gets first-ever bowl game victory

Thomas Woodson passed for 168 yards and a caught a TD pass on a trick play as Akron beat Utah State 23-21, the first bowl win in school history. It was also the Zips' first eight-win season in FBS play. Box score

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Terry Bowden accepts Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Trophy (1:45)
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Utah State making late push with TD

Chuckie Keeton found Brandon Swindall for a 2-yard TD pass with 1:12 left to cut Akron's lead over Utah State to 23-21 at the Potato Bowl. (Live on ESPN)

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Time for the rally potato in Boise

A Utah State fan is munching on potatoes to rally his team back against Akron in the final minutes of the Potato Bowl. Even bowl mascot Spuddy Buddy would be happy.

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Akron retakes lead in Potato Bowl

Donnell Alexander took the pitch and dashed 2 yards for the TD to give Akron the 20-14 lead over Utah State in the third quarter of the Potato Bowl. (Live on ESPN)

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Utah State goes ahead of Akron

Kent Myers found Hunter Sharp in the end zone for a 19-yard TD to give the Aggies a 14-13 lead over the Zips in the third quarter of the Potato Bowl on ESPN.

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Akron big man nearly takes it in for TD

Akron's 304-pound DL Rodney Coe recovered a fumble by Utah State's QB and was just a few yards short of rumbling in for a TD. The Zips kicked a FG afterward to take a 13-7 halftime lead in the Potato Bowl. (Live on ESPN)

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Spuddy Buddy has all the right moves (0:16)
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Halftime interview with Akron HC Terry Bowden (0:38)
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Akron gets tricky for first TD

The Zips opened the scoring in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl when wide receiver Tyrell Goodman took the pitch on the reverse and threw it to QB Thomas Woodson for the touchdown. Akron leads Utah State 13-7 at halftime (live on ESPN).

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Utah State finally breaks out

The Aggies had 58 yards of total offense before this 61-yard run by Devante Mays. Utah State scored two plays later to cut Akron's lead to 10-7 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (live on ESPN).

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Bad hold keeps Utah State scoreless

The Aggies lined up for a field goal to make the score 7-3, but the holder couldn't corral the snap, and Utah State remained down by a touchdown in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (live on ESPN).

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Akron takes it right back

Utah State's post-turnover drive lasted just six plays before Chuckie Keeton was picked off by Kris Givens. Akron leads 7-0 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (live on ESPN).

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Davis gets ball back for Aggies

The Utah State offense hasn't done much, but the defense stepped up in a big way as Jalen Davis picked off this Thomas Woodson pass to start the second quarter.

Utah State going the wrong way

The Aggies finished with negative-5 yards of total offense in the first quarter, and did not pick up a single first down. Utah State trails Akron 7-0 heading to the second quarter in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Watch live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Watch: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Akron is making its first bowl appearance since 2005, when it lost to Memphis in the Motor City Bowl. Utah State has much more experience playing late into December, as the Aggies are appearing in their fifth straight bowl game. Utah State is one of seven FBS teams to win a bowl game each of the past three seasons. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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3 reasons to watch Potato Bowl

Utah State has been here before. Akron has never won a bowl game. So no matter which team wins today (3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN), history will be made. Reasons

Akron seeks first FBS bowl victory

When Akron meets Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN), it will be the Zips' first bowl appearance since 2005 (a loss) and just their second since moving up to FBS in 1987.

Team Stats

Passing Yards193.8Tied-96th
Rushing Yards169.567th
Points For24.0103rd
Points Against21.528th